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Getting Ready for Haiti

I received a call a number of days ago about the possibility of traveling to Haiti to cover the relief effort. I had originally wanted to travel in at the beginning of the disaster. Had I been able to get in within 24 to 48 hours I would have gone. However, now I’m not planning to go in until January 30.

I’ve been trying to process the whole Haiti disaster and prepare myself for what I’m going to see. But, I’ve been told NOTHING will prepare me for what I will see, hear, and smell.

I have covered Haiti for years here at Mission Network News. I covered the coup, the multiple natural disasters and even the man made ones. However, nothing compares to this.

While details are still being worked out, I’ve been asked to go to Port au Prince to help with the Help Haiti with Compassion campaign that will be on Christian radio across the United States. AIR1 and the Moody Broadcasting Network are two of the notable networks who will be using Feburary 1 as a day to help Compassion International raise money for the people of Haiti.

There are many organizations who are doing great work. However, Compassion International has to be one of the largest. They’re working with more than 64,000 young people and their families. They’ve been working there for 40 years. At the time of the earthquake they had 75 national staff working in Haiti. Many of their staff have lost family members. Sponsored children have perished and are missing. Young people in their Leadership Development Program have died.

Haiti — already the poorest nation in the western hemisphere BEFORE the earthquake — now where are they?

I expect to hear in the next 24 hours whether or not I’m going. I have mixed emotions about going. So, pray the Lord’s will be done.

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